The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 80 cases of monkeypox in 11 countries and said it was working to better understand the extent and cause of the outbreak. In a statement issued earlier this week, the WHO said the virus was endemic to some animal populations in several countries, leading to occasional outbreaks among local people and travelers.
“The WHO and its partners are working to better understand the extent and causes of the Monkeypox outbreak. The virus is endemic to some animal populations in several countries, leading to occasional outbreaks among locals and travelers. Recent outbreaks have been reported in 11 countries. -It is happening in local countries, “the WHO said in a statement.
“So far there are about 80 confirmed cases and 50 pending investigations. More cases are likely to be reported as surveillance expands,” it added.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is receiving updates on ongoing outbreaks in local countries to increase disease surveillance.
“Monkeypox spreads differently from COVID-19. The WHO encourages people to be aware of reliable sources of outbreaks (if any), symptoms and prevention in their communities, such as the National Health Authority,” the statement added.
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted from animals to humans) whose symptoms are similar to those seen in smallpox patients in the past, although it is less clinically severe.
According to the WHO, monkeypox usually presents clinically with fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes and can cause a variety of medical complications. Monkeypox is usually a self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting 2 to 4 weeks.
The National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have issued a warning, asking the central government to keep a close eye on their monkeypox situation and send samples of symptomatic travelers to the National Virology Institute. (NIV) in Pune for further investigation.
“Keep a close eye on the monkeypox situation abroad. Only send samples (NIV, Pune) where people show certain symptoms. Not samples of sick passengers,” the source told ANI.
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